Fluke was awesome (part 1?)

Last week, Sara and I went up to Athens for Fluke. I had buttons and cards to give away, and my two print versions of Thank You, NASA. I sold a few copies and bought my share of work before discovering the magical economy of trading.

I traded and bought so many comics that I’m still trying to work my way through the pile a week later.

Here are a few that I’ve enjoyed so far:

Going clockwise from the upper left, there’s Hoggetowne Runoff, by Loren Knack. We happened to sit next to Loren and his fiancée Alex (see below), who drove up from Gainesville, Florida, the night before. Loren and I talked about music and board games throughout the show, and we did a trade with both of them at the end. Sara and I made off with the bulk of their work.

That’s a page from Hoggetowne Runoff vol.1. The book as a whole has a King Cat-style approach, interspersing bits of writing amongst comics and drawings. I wouldn’t call it a Porcellino knockoff, though, because Loren doesn’t imitate Porcellino’s drawing style or tone (see picture), just the zine-turned-comic feel.

Going counter-clockwise for a second, here’s a page from Alex Mills’ comic Red Mud. In our trade, I got one of each of her titles, which included three tiny comics and this one. I like her scratchy drawing style and heavy darks.

Here’s a page from Spaz #2, by Emi Gennis. Her Spaz minicomics collect autobiographical episodes, many from her time working at Medici on 57th in Chicago, as well as a few stories illustrating Wikipedia’s list of unusual deaths. She also has a webcomic - Owlex.

Sad King Ghidorah, above, is from Jackie Lewis’ Sad Baby Monsters. It’s well-drawn and cute. Except for Baby Cthulhu, whose tears evoke purest terror. I also picked up a tiny minicomic (not a micromini, though) called When I Was Little, which is a compact bit of sadness.

Speaking of short (and I guess the best minicomics work like very short stories), here are two pages from Trip’s Over by Luis Echavarria. The book is accordion-bound in cardboard, which gives it a sense of volume as well as making it lighter than it looks. I also picked up Guiño Dañino. Both stories have great pacing and a sense of mystery. You can read all of his minicomics here, but it’s not quite the same as the physical object. Before I get on an old-man rant about the smell of books,

here’s Mermin, issue 1, by Joey Weiser (which came with a Mermin sticker on the cover). It’s a simple story about a fish-boy who is beached on dry land and goes to school with the boys who find him. Then fish start popping up everywhere, trying to find him. There are five issues, which are available to buy online, along with quite a sack of other good-looking comics.

Finally, it was only my vice-like hold on self restraint that prevented me from getting one of everything at the AdHouse Books table. The small publisher and distributor was one of the Fluke sponsors, and they had quite a spread. Pictured here is a page from Birchfield Close by Jon McNaught. The book is published by Nobrow Press.

That’s it for now. I’ll try to post more great stuff as I get through it all.

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